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FORMAT: Two 180 gram audiophile LPs
ARTIST: Ernest Ansermet, Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
TITLE: The Royal Ballet Gala Performances
LABEL: Classic Records, (RCA Victor Living Stereo, Soria Series)
NUMBER: LDS 6065
LABEL DESCRIPTION: See pictures.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Many of these sets have flawed booklets (stains, smears). This booklet is perfect. The 180 gram pressing is the preferred one (usually flatter, less pops and ticks). This set is pristine in every respect. Last preservative. Red dot indicates professionally cleaned (see description below).
GRADE & DESCRIPTION (Jacket): NM
GRADE & DESCRIPTION (LPs): NM
I am not a record dealer. All LP, SACD and CD listings are from my private collection, in most cases purchased new. I did run The Vinyl Valet from 1998 to 2004 selling new and used audiophile LPs, SACDs & CDs and high end audio equipment. At that time, I hand picked LPs, SACDs & CDs for my private collection. It’s now time to thin out the collection so I’ll be offering some of my usually rare discs over the next year or two.
LPs: I use the Goldmine record grading system (see details below); both the jacket and record(s). All open LPs are play graded meaning I listen to the complete disc on my reference system and add additional comments based on what I hear.
SACDs & CDs: I do not sell discs that don't play perfectly. I try my best to apply the Goldmine system to rate digital media. In almost every case, my rare SACDs and CDs are NM.
Prior to final listening & grading, all LPs are cleaned using my proprietary system which combines the $1500 VPI HW17 vacuum record cleaning system with Disc Doctor Miracle cleaning fluid and special brushes. The LP is then visually inspected under bright florescent lighting and play graded on my Pederson modified Michell Orbe turntable, Graham 2.2 tonearm and rebuilt (12/2016) Lyra Helikon MC cartridge feeding a very high quality, vacuum tube playback system.
Sometimes an LP will look new but play badly (pops, ticks, noise,etc). I would never own or sell this type of LP. Sometimes an LP will have scuffs or other marks but plays perfectly. I occasionally will sell a record like this but will provide plenty of extra information. Most of the LPs I will be selling are NM. Most of the SACDs and CDs I will be selling are NM.
Factory sealed LPs are sold as is since there is no way for me to verify their condition. My sealed LPs are legitimate because I purchased them new. Many sealed LPs on eBay are used LPs that have been re-sealed by the seller. Even small record stores have sealing equipment: easy to buy and relatively inexpensive. Buyer beware.
Each LP, unless sealed, is shipped outside the jacket to prevent seam damage. All used LPs ship in a rice paper sleeve and include the original inner sleeve when applicable (it will be mentioned in the individual ad). Both new and used LPs ship in a new 3 mil clear poly outer sleeve. All items are shipped by USPS priority mail and insured. I know how to properly package records and will take great care to make sure your purchase gets to you in the same condition it left here. When appropriate, I combine multiple purchases into one shipment to minimize shipping costs. I will not ship LPs if local weather conditions exceed 90F here or at the shipping destination (here in the desert of AZ, my LP selling season is from late October to early May).
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Goldmine Visual Grading
All the open records listed will either be Near Mint (NM) or Very Good Plus (VG+). Please contact me if you have any issues at all. I am very customer service oriented and wish to make your buying experience a good one.
Mint (M) Absolutely perfect in every way. Certainly never been played, possibly even still sealed. Should be used sparingly as a grade, if at all.
Near Mint (NM or M-) A nearly perfect record. Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying (perhaps correctly) that no record is ever truly perfect.
The record should show no obvious signs of wear.
An LP cover should have no creases, folds, seam splits or other noticeable similar defects. No cut-out holes, either. And of course, the same should be true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves and the like.
Basically, an LP in near mint condition looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap.
Very Good Plus (VG+) A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experiences. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK".
The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. The center hole will not have been misshapen by repeated play.
Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear also and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation or corner indicating it was taken out of print and sold at a discount.
In general, if not for a couple things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. All but the most mint-crazy collectors will find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable.
Very Good (VG) Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.
Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time, only two or three of them.